High County Constable

John Fisk

King Township

October 7th, 1804

Has served as High County Constable for 2 years, and was married.

 

 


Circumstances

The first known police officer killed in the line of duty in Canada is High County Constable John Fisk of King Twp. John Fisk was the Auctioneer, pound-keeper and the High Constable for the Town of York (Toronto). On October 7, 1804 he was transporting a prisoner to court in Newcastle on the HMS Speedy one of only two schooners which made up the Provincial Marine on Lake Ontario. The vessel never arrived, the officer, prisoner and all approx. 20 people on board including the Judge of the Kings Bench and the Attorney General of Upper Canada were lost. It is believed that a fierce storm sank the schooner.